News digestLast First Wednesday
The 2011 summer First Wednesday Street Parties draw to a close Sept. 7 with the theme Celebrate Pleasanton! The monthly events that run May through September feature booths lining the middle of Main Street with businesses and community organizations marketing their products and services.
September's featured band is Night Fever, which will play in the beer and wine garden where adults can enjoy beer and wines from local Livermore Valley Wine Country. The Hot Rods Band will perform on the north stage in front of the Pleasanton Hotel.
First Wednesday takes place 6-9 p.m. Main Street will be closed from Del Valle Parkway to Bernal Avenue from 4:30-10 p.m.
Hurricane victims need blood
American Red Cross officials are urging Bay Area residents to donate blood and platelets immediately to help cover a blood shortage along the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
The organization has had to cancel more than 72 blood drives throughout the East Coast due to storm-related issues such as power outages and flooding, leaving the region without 2,400 much-needed units of blood today, Red Cross officials said.
"Since the Bay Area is no stranger to natural disaster, we expect strong local response to Hurricane Irene," said Jeff Meyer, CEO of the Red Cross' Northern California Blood Services Region.
The organization is stressing the need for platelets, which hospitals rely on to treat trauma victims, cancer patients and others, according to the Red Cross. Platelet donations take one-and-a-half to two hours.
Eligible local residents can make an appointment to give blood by calling 1-800-733-2767 or platelets at 1-888-881-0988.
Monday is Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 5, is Labor Day, and most public offices are closed, including the Pleasanton Public Library, and most private businesses. BART will follow its Sunday schedule. Labor Day is also a BART parking holiday, meaning parking permit and fee requirements are not enforced in station parking facilities. Stoneridge Shopping Center will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.